Comings & Goings: Stimulus tracking, NASA grant

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The Joyce Foundation is one of more than two dozen business, civil rights, education and philanthropic organizations that have formed the Coalition for Student Achievement to ensure that states and school districts spend education stimulus money on substantive reforms. NASA has awarded CPS a $1.4 million grant to develop an elective course in space science for high school seniors.

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation is one of more than two dozen business, civil rights, education and philanthropic organizations that have formed a broad-based Coalition for Student Achievement, to press the Department of Education to ensure that states and school districts spend education stimulus money on substantive reforms. In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the coalition said states and school districts should be given more guidance on how to measure the outcomes of reforms on student achievement. Other nationally known heavy-hitters that are part of the coalition are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alliance for Excellent Education. For more information, visit the coalition’s website.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded CPS a $1.4 million grant to develop an elective course in space science for high school seniors. The curriculum will be developed by CPS, the Adler Planetarium and four university partners: DePaul, Northwestern, Loyola and the University of Chicago. Beginning July 6, each partner will host summer workshops on a different facet of space science, offered to roughly 20 teachers and 80 students. The course will be developed based on the workshops and teacher and student input. Students who participate in the summer program will craft a research study using NASA data for the annual CPS Science Fair. The new course will be offered in high schools beginning in fall 2010.